Why Is My Dog Sleeping All The Time? Here's Why!

Why Is My Dog Sleeping All The Time? Here's Why!


All puppies are born with an inner need to sleep 18-20 hours per day. As they get older, their energy levels increase accordingly, but the amount of sleep they require will decrease.


The question is, why does my puppy still want to sleep so much? If this sounds like your puppy, you're not alone! Most of us have experienced this with our own pets. The good news is that there are some easy fixes that can help your pup have more time awake and ready for playtime.


Here are some reasons why your puppy might be spending too much time sleeping and what you can do about it.


Section 1: Why is my dog sleeping so much? Section 2: How much sleep should my puppy be getting? Section 3: What else could be the issue? Section 4: Why does my puppy want to sleep so much? Section 5: What can I do about it? Section 6: Conclusion

Why is my dog sleeping so much?


Puppies are in a growth spurt When they're first born, puppies start to lose weight and grow very rapidly. They lose this weight very quickly when they're sleeping.


As the days pass and their weight starts to increase, the puppies spend more and more time sleeping. This is due to increased feeding levels to keep up with their growing body.


However, their body and digestive system still needs time to catch up to the growth that has occurred. Puppies need food to grow In addition to the physical growth, puppies need food to build up their strength.


They also need energy to learn and play. It's impossible for your puppy to keep up with all the training sessions you're running. It's not his fault, he's growing!


How much sleep should my puppy be getting?


I can't speak for all dogs, but in general, the amount of sleep that a dog needs will vary depending on its age, its lifestyle, and its health.


For example, dogs that work, for example, can need a longer time to recover from physical activity than dogs that spend their day sleeping.


If your pup is a very active puppy, and is going to be running around the house a lot, consider taking it on a short walk every couple hours during the day.


On the other hand, if your puppy is doing something low-key like playing in a backyard, your pup is likely spending most of its time sleeping.


Your dog may need to sleep a lot because it needs to recover from physical activity. The way your dog sleeps can have an impact on its health. Your dog might need a longer time to recover from physical activity.


What else could be the issue?


Poor exercise Exercise and proper nutrition play a big role in your dog's overall health.


Not only does a well-balanced diet help your dog absorb nutrients, but regular exercise helps them to stay alert and maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is a vital part of a healthy life for our pets.


Not only will exercise help your puppy to play longer, but it will also help to keep their metabolism up for longer periods of time, which means their food costs will be lower.


If you dog is not getting the exercise they need, you will be met with a tired, sluggish dog that wants to sleep. Playtime, by nature, tends to involve a lot of running, which will keep your pup active and awake and help them to burn off some energy.


Poor diet Just like us humans, dogs' needs change with age.


Why does my puppy want to sleep so much?


There are actually two types of sleep in a dog's life, but our puppy's needs will be different from yours.


The first type is REM sleep, which is the type of sleep you see our furry friends do in their beds. A dog's REM sleep can last for a few hours or a couple of days.


If your puppy's REM sleep is long, it means he needs to sleep longer to regenerate energy. The second type of sleep is a deep sleep, which is in between REM and non-REM sleep.


Dogs will also have longer periods of deep sleep, but when their activity levels are high and they're awake for a while, they only sleep for a couple of hours.


What can I do about it?


Feeding your pup at regular intervals will not only help them to burn off excess energy, it will also help them get more rest.


Also, make sure you are spending quality time with them to help stimulate them during the day and keep them active. Keeping them out of the crate when you aren't home will keep them engaged, which can be even more restful for your puppy.


If your puppy is still sleeping too much, talk to your vet about options for medication and anti-anxiety meds. If medication isn't an option, it might be time to start working on helping your puppy spend more time awake.


Conclusion


With a little tweaking and practice, your puppy can learn how to nap the right way! If you have a puppy, you are a diligent teacher.


After all, you love and care for them and you want to help them have the best life possible.


By learning and practicing what I have, you'll make it clear to your puppy that when they are sleeping they are truly snoozing, and when they are awake, they are truly awake!